Ten Minute Table Runner…well more like twenty.

A few weeks ago, my mom and dad and I took a day trip to Crouch, Idaho.  Our main goal was to visit a quilt shop there that our ASG friends kept talking about. Stitch n’ Snip did not disappoint.  A very fun store in a beautiful setting.  It was a perfect day.  This store has a really really nice collection of batiks, and with summer winding down, I couldn’t resist the fall pattern and lovely colors of this fabric and the golden tones of the complementary fabric.  I decided that I wanted to make a quick table runner and set of napkins.  The 10 Minute Table Runner really took me a bit more than 10 minutes, maybe 20, and the 1/2 circle napkins took me about 30 minutes.  I had this project done in about an hour.  Bam.  The table runner is now on my dining room table with the golden yellow fabric side showing.  I will turn it over to the autumn leaves side soon enough, but I am not ready to say good bye to summer yet.  The total project took 1 yard of each fabric.  To make the napkins, cut a 17″ half circle out of the two fabrics, put the right sides together, stitch them together using a 1/4 seam allowance (remember to leave a hole to turn them right side out), press and topstitch all the way around.  Here is how you fold them.

This week, I hope to get back to garment sewing.  I just bought McCall’s 6963.  I can’t wait to make it up.

Thanks for stopping by.

The Margo Handbag

I made this bag in June at our ASG chapter educational day, and I have been using it all summer.

The other day, a neighbor asked me if it was a Thirty-One Bag.  I took that as a compliment.  In fact, I get lots of compliments on this bag.  It’s a keeper.  The pattern is a Lazy Girl Designs pattern.  I love all the interior pockets, and how the zipper is 1 inch below the top of the bag.

It also has 2 great pockets on the outside.

The back is perfect for a large obnoxious bold print.

The pattern calls for a Plexiglas insert for the bottom that you can buy through Lazy Girls; however, I used some plastic needlepoint canvas I already had on hand and it works just fine.  This is a terrific little bag to make and use.  I will probably make at least one more.

One more thing, September is National Sewing month!  How are you celebrating?  I plan to start my fall sewing and finish up some projects that have been hanging around in my sewing room way too long. 




Jalie 2216, a Cycling Jersey

My husband and I have taken up cycling in the past few years, and just like everything else, outfitting yourself in the appropriate gear is expensive.  Especially bike jerseys.  I have been collecting tech fabric for awhile now.  It is hard to find the same type fabric the manufactures us, so it has been much like a treasure hunt.  Finding patterns is hard as well.  I borrowed Jalie 2216  from a friend of mine to try it out.  It is out of print now but still available by download.  This was my first Jalie pattern to sew up.

My idea was to make this jersey for my husband’s birthday last April.  I had some black Nike Dri Fit that I had ordered from a fabric co-op and a remnant of wicking fabric I picked up at Outdoor Fabrics.  A couple weeks before his birthday, I started the project thinking that I would have it wrapped up and in a box in plenty of time.  The tracing, cutting and sewing moved along quite nicely.  I did find myself reading the directions several times before completing a step, but I was feeling pretty happy with how the jersey was starting to take shape.  Then it was time to put in the front zipper……I was struggling with the instructions, and getting a little frustrated when I snagged the fabric at center front and it ran.  Akkkk!  To make matters worse, I also messed up the zipper insertion by cutting too far into the corner.  I had a mess, and I wanted to wad it up and throw it into the corner.  Which I did figuratively, and gave my husband an IOU for his birthday.  So now I had this mess I needed to fix.  Every time I went in my sewing room it mocked me.  I would show it, I stopped going in my sewing room.  Well that brought all sewing to a halt.  Finally I picked the project back up.  To assess the damage I basted the side seams, and had my husband try it on. Lo and behold the snag line really didn’t show while he was wearing it.  Well okay, I can live with that, but I still had a mangled zipper insertion.  I needed an applique of sorts to cover it.  So Doug drew me a tab that I could applique over the oops.  Perfect!

The back of the jersey has pockets to put snacks and water bottles in. 

I used this gripper elastic around the bottom hem I bought from Fabricline.com.  Check them out!  Fast shipping and good prices.

Here is a side view.

Doug reports that the jersey is very comfortable to wear. The first time he wore it he achieved a personal record on a hill climb.  I told him that it was due to the aerodynamic design of his new jersey.  I am so happy to have this project done and no longer mocking me in the sewing room.  Do you have a project like this?  Like the Nike tag line says, just do it.



StyleArc’s Ann T-Top

Hello, hello, tap, tap, tap…..is this thing on?    Summer is a busy time around here.  Lots of things to do, and not enough summer.  But, when I saw the StyleArc Ann T-Top on Gorgeous Fabrics’ Facebook page, I couldn’t pass it up. StyleArc has set up a FREE download of this pattern.  You can find the link HERE.  Enter your name and email address, along with your size. StyleArc will then instantly send you your size of the Ann T-Top, along with the sizes on either side. 

This is a great little pattern.  It only takes about 1 yard of fabric, and it is a quick sew.  I think it took me longer to download the pattern and tape it together than it did for me to sew it up. 

I ended up making 3 of these tops in about a half of day.  The first one was a muslin out of some not so stretchy knit I had in my stash.  I made it long sleeved, and I think it will be nice to wear around the house this winter.  It still needs to be hemmed.  I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it up while it was 100 degrees outside.  

I made the second one out of a cute cotton jersey camo print from Fabric.com.  I opted for short sleeves, and stitched up a  size 12.  It would be better if this fabric had a bit more stretch and drape to it, but I still like how it turned out.

The side seam runching is made by sewing elastic in the side seams.  Very easy.  As you can see, the front is longer than the back.  No problem, as it helps cover up a multitude of sins.

I made the third one out of some Ikat knit from Gorgeous Fabrics.  I am pretty sure it is sold out.  I bought it last year and made this Burda top up out of it. Since I love the fabric so much, I decided a needed a short sleeve top out of it as well.

I wore this top the other day to meet a very special artist and pick up an original painting he donated to Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program.  Meet Tuck the Painting Horse of The West.  His owner taught him to paint and they are donating 50% of his painting sales to Ride for Joy to support our new veterans program.  Notice how the painting matches my top?


All and all this is a great little pattern.  Give it a shot.  I think you will like it.  I sure like mine and will enjoy wearing them into the fall.


Church Ladies Apron and a new to me Bernina!

How can it be May 11th already?  Wow, just wow.  This time of year finds me not in my sewing room as much as I would like, but I was able to get a small project done today.  Go me!

I started this really cute apron pattern at an ASG neighborhood group in February.  I have been wanting to make up the Church Ladies Apron ever since I saw this Post over at the Pink Chalk Studios.  So, like I said, at the February meeting I got it started, but not finished.  It has been sitting in my sewing room waiting to be finished since then (sad face).    That is until this cute number came on the scene last weekend.

I found her on Craigslist last Saturday.  She is a Bernina 830.  A workhorse of a machine.  I have wanted a 2nd machine that I can take to sewing classes, ASG neighborhood groups and also have as a backup to my main Bernina.  And to top it all of she came with the original red case.  Happy dance!

This weekend, I decided that the two of us needed to get better acquainted, so I finished up my apron.  This machine is really nice to sew on, and has the nicest straight stich.  We are going to get along just fine.

Now to the Church Ladies Apron.  It is a fun easy pattern to sew.  I picked up the fabric when I was in Long Beach, Washington last summer for my grandmother’s funeral.  This will be a nice way to remember her.  She was a good seamstress, a good cook, and drank a lot of coffee.

Here is the other side.

I really like this pattern, and I will definitely make up some more.  It looks cute on and the neck is really comfortable to wear, not like aprons with strings that cut into the back of my neck.  Raise your hand if you want one.

I have a few projects underway in the sewing room, so hopefully you will hear from me again soon.

Sew On.

Style Arc Sunday Walking Pants

The last time I was in my local fabric store, CLOTH, I picked up some black ponte knit to make up another pair of pants, just like my brown ones I blogged about HERE, but then my order came from the lovely Australian pattern company Style Arc, and my fabric said, please make me up into the Sunday Walking Pants.  Really it did, doesn’t your fabric talk to you?

So that is just what I did, and boy am a happy with this pattern.

It is a lovely pattern.  No fiddling with anything.  Just cut it out and sew it up.  Yay!

Here is the side view.

I was expecting them to be a bit looser, more like the picture on the envelop, but it is okay that they are not.  You can’t see the side panel because I didn’t use contrasting fabric, but it is there and makes a cute styling detail in real life.

Mandatory back view….snug, but still okay, I think….at least Mr. asIsewit says they are fine.  Just fine.

Here you can see the waistband and the side panel.  I did not insert the optional cord, nor did I make the pockets.

This was a nice pattern to sew up.  Easy, well drafted, nice fit.  I did change a few things.  I found sewing a casing for the elastic was easier than the way the pattern sheet said to insert it.  I also wanted a nice non-bulky seam where the waistband attached to the pants (3 layers of fabric).  Instead of the 1/4″ seam, I stitched a 3/8″ seam.  I didn’t properly grade the seam, as I wanted to overlock it.  So I trimmed the middle fabric layer of the seam to reduce the bulk, overlocked the seam with my serger and then top stitched the seam allowance down.  I like how it turned out.  One more thing I did…..

I stitched a pretty little ribbon to the center back, so I could easily find the front and the back.

I am loving my little black dress.  I wore it to church this morning, and got Mr. asIsewit to take a couple photos so you could see it on a real person, not just my dressform.

I think I am done with black stuff now.  Moving on toward more spring like colors.

Well I can’t leave you with a picture of my backside, so here is a photo of my girl Kate.

As always, thanks for stopping by!


My Little Black Dress

I am attending a function on Thursday put on by The Little Black Dress Club of Boise.  Guess what?  I needed a little black dress and fast.  What a great excuse to sew one up.  Since I didn’t have a lot of time and I know that come Monday, the week is going to be busy, I decided to go with Palmer/Pletsch M6282.  I made view D  a year ago, so I knew the pattern worked for me.  You can see that dress Here.  It is my most favorite dress to date.  This time I made it up out of a black Ponte knit from fabric.com.

I can’t wait to wear this Thursday night.  I can’t decide if I am going to wear it with boots or pumps.  I think the forecast is for snow……I guess I will just have to wait and see.  Once again this pattern is a winner.  I cut it out yesterday afternoon, and finished up the hem this afternoon.  Winner winner chicken dinner.

This Might be a Personal Record

I like to stash my fabric.  I like to buy it, wash it, fold it, and stash it.  Last week I went to the fabric store and bought 4 pieces of fabric.  I have made up two of those pieces.  That’s what happens when we have snow days.

The really  nice sweater knit got made up into the cardigan of McCall’s 5890.

This is a 10, 20 minutes to sew pattern by Nancy Zieman.

Here is the back.

This was a quick sew.  I cut it out late this morning, and had it done by late afternoon.  I cut out a size 14 and didn’t make any changes.  I only have a couple things to point out.  1) The sleeves are 3/4 length, but on the pattern envelope they look like they are full length. 2)The wrong side shows, so you had better like the wrong side of you fabric.

Here is the back of neck/collar.  as you can see, that is the wrong side of my fabric and the edge finish.

You might recognize the top under the cardigan.  It is another Vogue 8793.  I made this one up in a lovely bamboo knit.

You can see that I completed the collar as per the pattern, however I left off the cuffs.  I also shaved off about 1/2″ from the waist to the hip, and I like how it slimed down the silhouette.  The collar is interesting with the use of zipper teeth for trim.

The technique isn’t difficult, but it did make my collar behave badly.  It took me a couple times to get it right.  As you can imagine the double collar and the zippers make the collar heavy.  I initially serged the collar to the neck, but ended up cutting off the serging and grading the seam so that it would lay better.

I am happy with how both of these pieces turned out.  I have a piece of black Ponte that I bought last week as well, and plan to make a pair of knit pants to complete the outfit.

We have been having some weather here in Idaho.  Winter seems to have set in.  You will be able to find me in my sewing room until spring.  Thanks for stopping by.


Somebody Stop Me

I made another Vogue 8793.  Just in time for the end of Jungle January hosted by Pretty Grievances.

This time I used some cool cheeta poly/lycra and brown slinky from my stash.  It was kinda like a stash safari.  I used the brown slinky for the back.

And as you can see, I had fun with the cuffs.  I apologize in advance for the out of focus photo.

I did make the sleeves a bit wider this time, and I like the results.  Instead of a collar or collars, I just cut a 2 inch piece of the brown slinky, stitched the ends together, folded it in half and stitched it to the neck edge.

Overall, I am still a little ambivalent about this top.  The bottom of the top is wide, and I am use to wearing my knit tops tighter around my hips, however, I do like how it skims over the figure faults.  I think the next one I make though, I will decrease the ease in the hip area to give it a more sliming silhouette. I did add 1/2 inch to the sleeve width, and they fit a lot better now.  This top is such an easy make, I am sure I have a few more to make up.  I really should do one with the collar treatment  that the pattern calls for.  As always, thanks for stopping by.



Races R My Bag and another Vogue 8793

In December I responded to a post on Facebook from Carol who owns Races R My Bag. She needed some help with her rapidly growing business.  You see, she makes very cool bags from race bibs, t-shirts and other race memorabilia.  Very cool bags.  If you are a runner, triathlete, Ironman or any other type of racing athlete check out her bags.  Friday, Carol had me make a her PR String Sling Bag, because we are making up a bunch of these for her to take to expos this year.  Here is my bag.

Look, my tri race bib fits!  So awesome!  This bag has a front pocket to put your race bib in, an interior pocket and a snap closure.  Very fun! If you race check out her website.  Seriously.  Here is the back of the bag.

Here it is hanging off the back of my dining room chair for scale.

Yesterday I made another version of V8793.  I used a blue/green thermal knit from my stash (well aged) and matching ribbing.  This fabric has been in my stash so long, that I truly can’t remember where I got it.  Sorry.

I used a collar technique by Pamela Erny of Off the Cuff.  You can find it HERE.  Scroll down a bit, it is there.

It is a really simple collar with a big payoff.  This is how I wore it to church today.

Look at how well it matches the blue in this RTW skirt that I have had forever.  Dumb luck, but I will take it.

I have at least one more top to make out of my much loved silk jersey.  Watch this space.   I hope everyone has a great week and thanks for stopping by.